It’s always exciting to me when a game gets localized for the first time, especially so when those games turn out to be visual novel murder mysteries. Announced yesterday during the Nintendo Direct, Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir and Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind are releasing for Switch on May 14th!
As the name suggests, the Famicom Detective Club games were originally released on the Famicom Disk System in 1988 (The Missing Heir) and 1989 (The Girl Who Stands Behind). The Missing Heir is the first game in the series, and you’ll be tasked with solving a murder case connected to the rich Ayashiro family in a haunted village, all while trying to recover from amnesia. In the second game, The Girl Who Stands Behind, you’ll have to solve some supernatural occurrences in order to free a group of high school students from a tortuous nightmare. By investigating different areas and questioning suspects, you’ll hopefully be able to crack these two cases before its too late.
Since these are remakes, players can expect to find updated graphics, music, and sound effects, in addition to all the new localization work. As a nice bonus, players will be able to swap to the original 8-bit soundtrack if they desire.
I’ll be the first to admit I’m a sucker for these kinds of stories, so I’m incredibly anxious to get my hands on both Famicom Detective Club games when they release this May. Both titles are available to pre-order now, however, it’s important to note that these games, despite launching on the same day and being part of the same series, will be sold individually at $34.99 a piece. If you decide to get both, however, buying one game will give you a $10 discount on the second, bringing the collective total down to $59.98.